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Pocket Scrapbooking Update: January thru April

August 15, 2016

I have to say I am quite pleased with myself this year with how on top I am with my pocket scrapbooking album. I think it is because I am now blogging more and have an instagram page dedicated to showcasing my work,  it helps to keep me focused on making progress. There would be no point in paying for a website host if I wasn’t using it right?

What is working and what I’m loving:

  • Typing up my journaling cards is making my layouts come together much easier. Trying to find the right type of card with enough writing space wasn’t working anymore. I use the 3×4 minimalist templates from Paislee Press and simply get rid of the photo background. This allows me to keep my layout clean and consistent, plus I can write them up during down time at work so when its time to sit and create, everything is ready to go.
  • Each month I’ve decided to create a layout that focuses on me. I use a couple of selfies along with a card displaying the month name, a calendar card from One Little Bird, and some filler cards. The filler cards are the best part for me because they are centered around self-improvement, goals, strength, and serve as a theme for the month.
  • Monthly currents layout. At the beginning of the year I wanted to do this every month and I have! I try to have a lot of fun with it, not focusing too much on any embellishments or color coordination. Again, I am using the 3×4 or trading card sized minimalist templates from Paislee Press.
  • Experimenting with 8.5 x 11 pocket page sizes has been quite the challenge, but a fun one. Due to the difficulty of getting 9×12 albums and pocket pages, I wanted to have an alternative just in case it becomes too much trouble to locate. I purchased some of the 8.5 x 11 pages from We R Memory Keepers and digital trading card sized templates from Paislee Press. So far I am in love with the instagram square sized pockets and maybe next year I might move to this size.

What is not working and what I am not loving:

  • While I enjoy using the 9 x 12 size, I do not enjoy how difficult it is to obtain the pocket pages for it. I liked when Seven Paper had this size with pages that had 3 holes in it. Yes I know I can order the 9 x 12 protectors from Studio Calico but I dislike their business practices and the protectors are rarely in stock. I’ve been using the Becky Higgins page protectors but the quality is extremely poor, they’ve all ripped within a few months.
  • My 6×8 personal album is a fail. I’ve tried to use some of my smaller more random bits into it and its just not working out for me. I always end up deciding not to document it or I’ve been working it into my larger album.

So far I think I’m on a great path to actually complete my album this year and I’m excited to see my progress. This year is much easier now that I have a good grasp on what it is that I’m doing and how I want things to look.

I’ve included a gallery (see top of post) of most of my layouts so far this year (I will figure out a way to put the gallery below the writing one of these days).

How is your album coming along this year?


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I Love Music: My Musings and a Layout

May 27, 2016

I love music, any kind of music
I love music, just as long as it’s groovin’

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about music. After receiving Kelly Purkey’s Playlist Kit back in March I have been really into documenting the music that I listen to. As different as we all are, I think that the love of music, as well as food, is the one thing that unites people. Have you ever asked someone what kind of music they like and then watched their facial expression afterwards? It is as if a surge of happiness came over them; they smile big, posture straightens, voice gets louder, and then the conversation flows. People love music.

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April Haul: Kelly Purkey Kits and Stamps, WMRK Album & Washi Tape

May 20, 2016

Good Morning Kit:

I have to say I am enjoying the themed kits lately from Kelly Purkey, which is a bit unusual for me because there is no real theme to my life, aside from my cat and my job. Receiving themed kits usually means it either never gets used at all or it sits around until it fits what I’m working on. But fortunately the Good Morning kit, speaks to the early risers and the “I hit the snooze button for 2 hours straight” person (thats me).

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Kelly Purkey Kit Membership Review

May 17, 2016

This year I gave up all of my old kit subscriptions and decided to shop my stash but treat myself to some “happy mail” once a month. I tried a lot of kits last year and was never satisfied with what I got, so when Kelly Purkey announced she was doing monthly kits, I jumped on it. I enjoy her design style and I really wanted to get better with stamping, so it made sense for me to commit to a monthly kit.


Details + Perks:
– Subscriptions are 3 ($24.50), 6($22.50), or 12($20.50) months long
– There is a penalty for cancelling but its only $5 per each remaining month left
– You receive 1 4×6 stamp, 16 double sided 3×4 cards, 4 double sided 4×6 cards, 1 4×6 sheet of labels, 1 set of alphas, and 2 badges
– 15% off in the store
– Shop the store early on kit reveal day
NEW FOR MAY –> subscribers will receive digital copies of their cards

I signed up for the 12 month subscription so the kit + shipping costs me about $25 total and I usually receive my items within 2-4 days. When the kits were being shipped from Portland, it would arrived in Seattle in 2 days. But now that they seem to be shipping from Michigan, it takes 3-4 days. That is not bad at all.


The cards are printed on good quality but not thick paper. The colors are vibrant and pop off the paper. Kelly Purkey’s use of color is really what drew me in, even though my default colors tend to be black, white, and grey, I love bold colors and the contrast they provide against my usual black and white.

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The alphas that come with the kit have only been in 3 colors, black, white, and grey. They remind me of a smaller version of the alpha sheets from Simple Stories, but with a glossy finish. You are also sent a 4×6 sheet of labels which also come with a design on the backside if you choose not to use them 🙂

Now the stamps… the 4×6 stamp is probably 75% of why I love the kits. Since I don’t usually add embellishments, stamps are one of the ways I add a little something to my layouts. The color possibilities are endless, you can emboss your stamps, create backgrounds and patterns, and most importantly, they can be used over and over again. I’ve had no major issues with any of the stamps I’ve received from her shop. I did have the line of books on the bookworm stamp rip when I first received it, annoying but not a total deal breaker. Plus, most of the designs are fun yet simple and are applicable to anyone.

Kelly Purkey’s customer service is top notch. Seriously. If I’ve emailed them, I get a response within the day, even if its just a general random question. I’ve heard from others that if they had issues, they were quickly resolved. Last month, she sent a survey out and this week she actually emailed everyone the results. It was awesome to be able to see what others said and what they prefered. Not only did she post the good commentary, but also some of the more critical comments. To me that says that her and her team are fully engaged with their customers and want to provide them with products and service they want. Being open the feedback and taking action on it is crucial the success of a business and its nice to see that my voice was being heard as a consumer.


Even if something is great, there is always room for improvement or change. Since I’ve been receiving her kits for sometime now (even prior to the memberships) I’ve noticed the same patterns and colors are used. I have a pile of cards with stripes, dots, and graph patterns on them. While I don’t totally mind the graph pattern because it works well for journaling, stripes and dots get old fast. Because the stripe width tends to be wider on the cards, it can be difficult to work with, especially if you prefer the photos to stand out.

The only kit that I wasn’t a fan of was the one from Christine Herrin. While the colors were great, the kit was simply too theme based for me and there weren’t enough cards that didn’t have any writing on them. Vacations are few and far between for me and summer doesn’t really exist in Seattle. Plus, not a fan of loopy cursive in my layouts so that kit was kind of a dud. The kit is still useable, but it can only really be used for a small portion of the year. I think it would be have been better as an optional add-on kit.

Overall I have been happy with my choice to subscribe because I am receiving products that actually fit my lifestyle. With other companies or kits I was getting frustrated because I found the childish designs and constant use of “we” and “you” on cards and stamps didn’t fit me at all. Most of my layouts and stories tend to be more about me and what I do on a daily basis. So as a working woman with no kids, I love the fact that Kelly’s items tend to be more about the individual. If this sounds like you, definitely check her site out and also head over to instagram to see the fun projects her design team comes up with.

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